Saud fights out but England seals ODI series 2-0 against Pakistan

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LORD’s: Saud Shakeel fought hard and scored his maiden ODI century but England managed to get rid of Pakistan in the second ODI and win three-matches series 2-0 with a match to go.

Saud remained firm at the crease but wickets falling at the other end kept building pressure on Pakistan. The English side bowled out the visitors for 195 and won the match by 52 runs.

Earlier, Hasan Ali’s five-wicket haul played an important role for Pakistan to bowl out England for 247.

Hasan was the pick of the bowlers from Pakistan as the right-arm pacer picked up wickets at crucial moments and completed his fourth five-wicket haul in One Day Internationals.

Sent into bat first, England were marred by an early strike of Hasan who bagged in-form Dawid Malan in slips. Shaheen Shah Afridi followed his partner and removed another performer of the previous match, Zak Crawley to reduce England to 21-2 in 4.1 overs.

It were Phil Salt and James Vince who rescued England by scoring a half-century each to take their team to 118-2. Salt made his maiden ODI fifty and scored 60 off 54 balls laced with 10 boundaries whereas Vince brought up his second fifty and managed to get 56 runs on the board. His inning included eight boundaries.

Skipper Ben Stokes, who was playing his 100th ODI, managed to score just 22 runs when Pakistani bowlers bounced back in the game. They reduced the hosts from 118-2 to 160-5 in middle-overs.

Lewis Gregory and Brydon Carse played handy knocks, partnered for scoring 69 runs together. Gregory garnered 40 runs whereas Carse made 31.

Apart from Hasan, Haris Rauf bagged two wickets, Shadab Khan, Saud Shakeel, and Shaheen took a wicket each.

While chasing 248, Pakistani batters looked shaky and in a hurry to give away their wickets easily. Imam-ul-Haq has failed again as he managed to score just a run before giving away his wicket to Lewis Gregory in the second over.

Babar Azam fell after scoring 19 which brought in Saud in the play. The left-handed batter scored 56 off 77 balls in just his second ODI. Shadab Khan made 21 whereas Hasan played quickly to score 31 off 17 balls with the help of three sixes and two boundaries.

Shaheen supported Shahood in the end with taking singles but it wasn’t enough for Pakistan. He got out after scoring 18.

Lewis Gregory bagged three wickets while Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, and Matt Parkinson took two wickets each. Carse took a scalp.

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